Friday, October 30, 2015

More than meets the eye

Very rarely are we afforded the opportunity for a second chance. In April our offices accepted a case to locate a witness and serve a subpoena on him. Very simple premise and something that we do all of the time. So we run our quarry through our database and find an address for him, one that our client did not know about, and one that showed up as current. We go to the residence and ask for the witness, right off the bat we meet resistance. A male told us to get out there and that no one by that name lives there and has never lived at that address, we go back to our offices and run a property search to see who owns the property and low and behold our witnesses name is on the deed, we also ran through the license plates on the vehicles present and found a plate that had our witnesses name as the registered owner. 

The following day we go back out, armed with the knowledge that this guy has to be living here or at bare minimum is connected to the residence. We knock on the door and a woman answers, we tell her why we are there and she slams the door in our face. At this point in the game we are no closer than where we were at the beginning. We do a mini surveillance the next few days at random times in an effort to try and catch our witness outside, all of these efforts are done to no avail. We grudgingly report back to our client about our efforts and our unsuccessful results. 

About six months later we get a call from the client, they still are in litigation and this witnesses testimony is needed in order to tilt the scales in their favor. They are willing to pay whatever is needed in order to get this man served. After sitting back and thinking up strategies, we decide that we are going to approach them in a manner that they will not only open the door but love to talk to our investigator and give us information. Our investigator dressed up as a delivery person. We knock on the door and the same woman that slammed the door in our investigators face, opened it, we inquired about our witness but were informed that our witness actually did not reside at the address, he resided in a nearby city and she even called him for us, after speaking with us our witness provided us with his home address, and the times that he is usually available. 

The following day we went to the witnesses residence and served the subpoena, the witness of course was not happy and didn't accept the service, he was even confused about how we had located him since his house, cars, and other possessions were all in his wife's name. Our response was, the delivery man told us. We then informed him that denying service does not mean that the service does not count in the eye's of the court. We took a picture and closed our case. 

We learned a few things from this situation, one not everything is as it seems, the residence and vehicle in his name, the vehicle was also registered to his sister and she was the one that was occupying the residence. Just as us disguising ourselves as a delivery person, it does not mean that this what we truly were and though we did not get exactly what we wanted from that situation, what we were able to obtain ended up being more valuable, and ended up solving the case. 

Morrow Detective Agency is a licensed private investigation firm located on the border of Ventura and Los Angeles, Ca in Simi Valley, CA. Morrow Detective Agency is capable of performing surveillance, process service, locates, background investigations, asset investigations, and more. Please feel free to visit our website at www.MorrowDetectiveAgency.com or give us a call at (805) 823-3540 and allow us to make your problem our solution!

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